How to Negate with Two Verbs in French (conjugated + infinitive)

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn how to negate with two verbs in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to negate with two verbs in French
  • how negations with two verbs are used sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to negate with two verbs in French
  • how you can download Anki files for how to negate with two verbs in French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to negate with two verbs in French!

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How to Negate with Two Verbs in French

In this lesson I am mostly going to use the ne…pas negation, to show you how to negate with two verbs in French.

This principle applies to any other form of negation, but this one is the most often used, and also the easiest one to understand.

  • In a negation with both a conjugated verb and an infinitive (full verb), the ne…pas is placed on each side of the conjugated verb.

vouloir

Je ne veux pas cuisiner.

I don’t want to cook.

devoir

Tu ne dois pas mentir.

You mustn’t lie.

pouvoir

Il ne peut pas conduire.

He can’t drive.

aller

Nous n’allons pas faire ça.

We’re not going to do that.

devoir

Vous ne devez pas manger.

You don’t have to eat.

aimer

Ils n’aiment pas danser.

They don’t like dancing.

You can see that ne is placed before the conjugated verb, and pas is placed after the conjugated verb.

Examples Sentences on How to Negate with Two Verbs in French

The final section of this lesson on how to negate with two verbs in French is about seeing the negations in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to negate with two verbs in French through examples.

vouloir

Je ne veux pas cuisiner.

I don’t want to cook.

aller

Je ne vais plus parler.

I am not going to talk anymore.

aller

Je ne vais jamais danser !

I am never going to dance!

devoir

Tu ne dois pas mentir.

You mustn’t lie.

pouvoir

Il ne peut pas conduire.

He can’t drive.

aller

Nous n’allons pas faire ça.

We’re not going to do that.

devoir

Vous ne devez pas manger.

You don’t have to eat.

aimer

Ils n’aiment pas danser.

They don’t like dancing.

Quiz Yourself on How to Negate with Two Verbs in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Negate with Two Verbs in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas. This is recommended as you will have every lesson that you need. You shouldn’t miss out on the complete learning experience!

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Negations. This only has the negations for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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